February 04, 2016

Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi makes argument FOR Canada’s ethical oil in Ottawa speech

Brian LilleyArchive

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was the key note speaker at an Ottawa City Hall event in which he said it was time to have a “thoughtful conversation about the importance of our energy sector”.  

At a time when progressives in Central Canada are speaking out against pipelines and against our resource sector, Nenshi gave a surprisingly pro oil industry speech so I wanted to bring you a significant portion of his remarks.  


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commented 2016-02-19 22:56:32 -0500
A speech our Premier should be giving but never will!
commented 2016-02-17 14:14:18 -0500
Little too late as Darryl and other persons said. Are you surprised? Nenshi is fiscally irresponsible and a political correct socialist…. the financial liabilities of Calgary have more than doubled under his mayorship. It is surprising he even bothered to make that statement.
commented 2016-02-05 19:20:21 -0500
It is because the down town is suffering big time, He is worried now because there is no money to take, people will be super pissed of with outrageous tax hikes and he knows it. I really think if he meant it he would have spoken up a few years ago. he was happy with the status quo. Said nothing while alberta was being attacked by every idiot environmentalist in the USA and Canada. To little to late.
commented 2016-02-04 20:42:21 -0500
It is impossible to trust any of these Albertan politicians, after what they have already done to the province. Nenshi ,may be sincere about his concern for where the revenue in Alberta is going to come from. (After all, the scratch has to come in from somewhere to keep things moving along according to plan). But I cannot give him as much credit as Brian. Don’t forget how much Nenshi loves Pembina, as Rick pointed out.
Is his and Notely’s ‘sudden’ consideration just paving the way for their nationalization plan? The first step was to break the industry altogether, and the next step is for them to rebuild it into their twisted vision.

Completely rude of him to cut Brian off. The question was a good one. Had Nenshi allowed Brian to get it out he probably would have answered it. He made himself look foolish.
commented 2016-02-04 20:12:35 -0500
We already do, more than any other country.
commented 2016-02-04 19:31:41 -0500
So is western Canadian oil still at $13 per barrel?
commented 2016-02-04 19:18:09 -0500
Methinks Nenshi may be in political trouble in Cowtown, the heart of the oil and gas industry. There can be no other explanation for someone who so fervently supports the anti industry Pembina organization!
commented 2016-02-04 18:38:04 -0500
Chuck – at least we kept angry Tom out of the west, even though we ended up with a coalition. I wonder how much Tom was paid to shill for dumb dumb?
commented 2016-02-04 18:25:02 -0500
I think Nenshi been listening to Ezra and it sunk in.
The next time we kick out the Liberals let’s make sure they do not have a seat. We were close last time. Lets finished the job this time..
commented 2016-02-04 17:44:44 -0500
William – I don’t trust Nenshi either, and I think there is a municipal election next year. This is an about face for him, but at least he is saying the right things. Rarely do I agree with him on anything but I think he sees the writing on the wall.
commented 2016-02-04 17:40:54 -0500
Nenshi gives a speech that should be coming from Notley but he knows she will never deliver. Nenshi should also know that the energy east pipeline will never get approved by dumb dumb. So why would he make this speech? Possibly running for mayor again and needs the votes. Possibly has his sights on Mulcair’s potential departure and empty seat. He is always thirsty for tax money which has been drying up over the last year. I don’t trust Nenshi. This is a total about turn and out of character for him.
commented 2016-02-04 16:55:27 -0500
I think Nenshi finally realizes that Junior really does hate Canada, but especially the west. And Notley is just another communist loser.
commented 2016-02-04 16:55:24 -0500
Sounds more Primisterial then the one we have now.
commented 2016-02-04 16:54:51 -0500
Not my favourite major but he was eloquent in his appeal. Not sure it will have much effect on our PM who is putting more and more road blocks in front of pipelines. Who voted for this guy anyway? Not me! Only 3.5 more years to go.
commented 2016-02-04 16:49:42 -0500
WOW. It is amazing how leftist change their tune when they start running out of other people’s money, and poll numbers drop.
I will give him credit and would live to see Butts and Suzuki face right now.
commented 2016-02-04 16:32:07 -0500
Perhaps the first useful comment to come out of Nenshi since he was first elected Mayor of Calgary.
commented 2016-02-04 16:25:17 -0500
Well, I have had a lot of animosity for Nenshi over the years, but that has helped elevate him in my eyes.

We need left wing advocates for the oil and gas industry, because the left just dismisses any arguments made from conservatives.
commented 2016-02-04 15:49:31 -0500
This comedy is getting better.
commented 2016-02-04 15:42:59 -0500
EZRA——did you figure out a way to take over nensh’s body????
commented 2016-02-04 15:22:47 -0500
Nenshi has done an about face and I suspect it in due in large part to the Rebel and a belated realization that his anti oil stand had consequences. He speech was well delivered to the specific audience but, to my ears, lacked facts based on CO2 is not a pollutant and that the man made environmental impact is minimal and probably not significant to climate change.
commented 2016-02-04 15:03:27 -0500
they have blinders on, the progressives will destroy this country, the blindness of their ideology will ruin our Resource based Economy, this SPEECH is GOLD, thanks to the REBEL
commented 2016-02-04 14:56:47 -0500
I think lefties can be divided into two main categories.. the inventor of lies, and the believer of lies…. Unlike justin or tom, Neshi seems to be the latter.. and the ‘believer of lies’ segment can eventually be brought back to reality… it’s not easy, in-fact, it’s like pulling teeth, but this video goes to show that it can be done.
commented 2016-02-04 14:55:30 -0500
Danielle Smith is the reason that Nutley was elected. I won’t listen to anything that traitor has to say about anything. I don’t like Nenshi and would never vote for him, but kudos for going to bat for the industry that pays the bills in this country. Though in my opinion, it’s too little, too late!
commented 2016-02-04 14:52:28 -0500
Nenshi surprises me from time to time, and I’m happy to offer kudos when he does.

thank you, Mr. Mayor… this was a well-timed and well done presentation.
commented 2016-02-04 14:37:14 -0500
While the clown prince is in Alberta spewing platitudes, platitudes, platitudes, our own (Liberal) Mayor Nenshi is in Ottawa giving the speech we have been waiting for from the “leader” of all Canadians. Wow. Not a fan but thank-you Mr. Mayor. You made us proud. (Eat your heart out Gerald Butts)
Danielle Smith didn’t do to badly either. She speaks for Albertans while Ms. Notley seems unwilling to do so:
Funny how we have two unelected officials looking out for the best interests of Alberta and Canada, while the lower case premier and p.m. talk about the weather.
commented 2016-02-04 13:44:19 -0500
So now Nohead Ninja realizes that the Keystone opposition invoked CC as a smoke screen to block Canadian access to market. Much too late. How long will it take for hime to realize that the same ploy is being used by Montreal mayor “Benny Codiene” to block Line 9 to secure a quid pro quo with the Iranian oil interests in return for some Bombardier jet sales.
commented 2016-02-04 13:40:43 -0500
methinks the purple nurple has been getting his door kicked in on a regular basis now that the downtown core of Calgary is quickly becoming a ghost town of empty offices and ever increasing numbers of businesses shutting down. Although his speech seems benign and somewhat reasonable in its tone and tenor one has to wonder, given nenshi’s uber leftist bent, if he is merely positioning himself for greener political pastures. His comment that somehow Albertan’s blame notley for the price of oil was just stupid and gives us a glimpse into who nenshi is listening too, it certainly isn’t the oil industry exec’s mere blocks from his office. My suspicion is that nenshi is eyeing the liberal party leadership in Alberta, knowing that the ndp are imploding and will be wiped out in the next election and those leftist sheep have to vote somewhere.
commented 2016-02-04 13:39:55 -0500
Brian, Mr. Nenshi has no need to speak to the converted! This is a speech he should and MUST give to the anti-oil activists that are blocking the pipelines! This is a speech that should be sent to Emperor Suzuki! And, as Jamie commented, it is a little late in the day for this.
P.S. Nenshi also needs to present this speech to Premier Nutley!
commented 2016-02-04 13:38:23 -0500
It’s bat-shit insane that we’re filling up our cars with Jihad Rapeculture oil.

Can a true statesman build one farookin’ pipeline? And git ‘er done?
We should be exporting this shit as fast as we can pull it out of the ground.
Canada produces 5% of world output currently.
We should be at 10 or even 20%.
Let’s kick ass on everybody else.
Make OPEC the little guys.

The carbon footprint scare is a hoax.
Actually the more CO2 in the atmosphere, the greener the planet becomes.

commented 2016-02-04 13:37:56 -0500
I also have not always been a big Nenshi supporter but I am proud of him for this speech and taking this position. He delivered a “coherent” message on the “National” benefits for Energy East. Good job. It will be a cold day in hell before we hear the same coherent message from Jr. or Nothead.